Macon, Georgia – On Friday, August 23, 2019, Pilot International Headquarters staff and the Executive Committee participated in a service project sorting and boxing books donated at Pilot International’s recent convention in Chicago. The books were given to Book ‘Em, a Macon/Bibb County based non-profit that provides at-risk children of all ages with new and gently used books.
The books are distributed by the Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Office at school-wide book giveaways in an effort to prevent summer learning loss, also known as “Summer Slide,” during The Sheriff’s Office’s summer CHAMPS camps; during various community events, many held at our local recreation centers; at back-to-school kick-off events; and by patrol officers who keep books in their cars to give to children they encounter through their patrol duties.
Why is this so important?
The literacy rate really determines the success or failure of a community, as demonstrated by the fact that many municipalities use the reading achievement test scores of 3rd graders in their schools to project the number of jail cells needed in 20 years. Additionally, the Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Office hope is that this gift of books will help the children of Macon-Bibb see law-enforcement officers as friends and allies whom they can trust.
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About Pilot International
Pilot International is a community-based volunteer service organization founded in 1921 in Macon, Georgia, on the principles of “Friendship and Service.” The name “Pilot” was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of that day who represented leadership and guidance. Pilots “Do More. Care More. Be More.” by providing financial and hands-on community service, focusing on brain safety and health and supporting those who care for others.
The organization also provides service opportunities for youth in Anchor clubs, and young adults in Compass clubs. With almost 14,000 members, Pilot, Compass, and Anchor Clubs are located throughout the United States, the Bahamas, Japan, and South Africa.
Pilot International remains headquartered in Macon, where the staff serves its international constituency. Contact your local Pilot Club(s) or visit our website at https://pilotinternational.org to find out more about our friendship and service opportunities.